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How Minding Your Own Business Helps You Grow

How Minding Your Own Business Helps You Grow

  One of the first concepts I teach students in my retreats and workshops is the importance of minding your own business. At first, “mind your own business” might sound harsh, but in this case, it is actually a gentle reminder to stay in your own lane, so to speak. What Minding Your Own Business…

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The Basics: What is Consciousness?

  If we want to live a more mindful, peaceful, and joyful life, it’s important to first learn what we’re aiming for. I call this way of thinking and living “consciousness.” When we first embark on this path, it’s useful to learn what consciousness actually IS and what it looks like in our lives when…

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Conscious Living is Not the Same as Being Passive

  One common misconception I frequently hear about conscious living is that it is passive, selfish, or that it makes us complacent. Often, when we hear about consciousness or conscious living, we think of a bearded, half-starved monk sitting in lotus pose on a mountain top, far away from the rest of the world and…

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6 Powerful Reasons to Go on Retreat

6 Powerful Reasons to Go on Retreat – The Art of Living Consciously

  When was the last time you took a retreat? I don’t mean a vacation or a day off. I mean an actual retreat where you focus on your personal growth and spirituality. No idea what I’m talking about? We get so distracted with daily living; kids, jobs, a broken dishwasher, remembering to send birthday…

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Is this your summer of growth? Join me for a workshop or retreat!

Is this your summer of growth? Join me for a workshop or retreat!

  I’m so excited to lead several retreats and workshops this summer at the Wiawaka Holiday House on beautiful Lake George in New York! Workshops and retreats are powerful vehicles for personal growth. Many people find a lot of value in learning within a community of like-minded people. If you want to take a leap…

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How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 2

How to accept criticism gratefully (or at least, gracefully) Part 2

  In the previous article, we discussed the difference between consciously accepting feedback and unconsciously reacting to feedback. But what if you feel the feedback is truly harsh? What if you feel insulted? What if you feel it’s unfair?   Now that you’ve learned the basics of consciousness around feedback, let’s put that to the test…

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How to Accept Criticism Gratefully (or at Least, Gracefully) Part 1

How to accept criticism gratefully (or at least, gracefully) Part 1

  You were just given some negative feedback, and you’re feeling defensive.  Maybe your boss didn’t like a project you submitted, or your spouse criticized the way you’re dressed, or your mother disapprovingly commented on the way you’re raising your children.   What do conscious vs unconscious responses look like?  This reminds me of Goofus and…

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How to Give Loving Feedback

How to Give Loving Feedback

  In my last post, we discussed how to determine whether feedback is warranted. This alone can make a huge difference in improving relationships! So, let’s say you’ve determined that giving feedback in a situation makes sense. How do you deliver it in a kind, loving way? Take ownership of what you’re saying Understand that…

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The Art of Conscious Feedback

The Art of Conscious Feedback

  “Don’t care what anyone thinks about you!”  Have you heard advice like that? I have, and I think it is an absurd notion. After all, we are social beings. We are wired to care what others think of us.  However, “Care only about what others think about you!” is an equally absurd notion.  So,…

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